Just like you, I’m pulled in multiple directions. I have current projects, proposals, networking events, and other personal and professional obligation. Once again, I’m doing that extremely difficult thing: Taking my own advice.
Beginning this afternoon, through mid-day Thursday, I’m locking myself in a hotel room, laptop in hand, to do one thing: Work on, and finish, my book. That’s it. That’s all.
Will I do anything else during that period? Maybe 5% worth. I have a few phone calls I’m committed to. I will check email twice a day. That’s about it. I expect that my social media activity will be extremely light, bordering on non-existent during this period.
I am convinced, both in theory, and previous experience that, occasionally, it is highly effective to remove oneself from the noise of day-today business. For heavy writing, goal setting, business and marketing plans, isolation is a good thing.
Four days is just one more day than a three-day weekend. It’s about the same time frame as a full-blown conference. It’s three to six days shorter than a solid vacation. It is absolutely reasonable to dial down everything else, to focus on accomplishing one thing.
I have taken advantage of incredibly soft, weekday Las Vegas hotel rates, so I’m not distracted by spending big money. Amazingly enough, I working in a very nice hotel for a total price of $89.20 for the four nights. That’s not a typo.
That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Could you use a few days of isolation? What would you focus on?
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